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Re: [Fwd: Who needs an HDTV?]

 Alright, it has to do with resolution and refresh rate. A 720i/p HD set gets 
1280x720, a 1080i/p gets 1920x1080 resolution, both of which can be attained 
by a computer monitor but honestly to get a flat planel at 1920x1080 native 
resolution is by no means cheep. Now here comes the kicker, 60fps. A 1080i/p 
gets 1920x1080 at 60fps (well drop 60 but who cares), to get that, esp while 
video gaming, requires a kick ass graphics card... like professional 
quality... the stuff we use at work because I work at a media company and 
never would afford at home, even so we can't get our output at 1080i/p res 
yet... soon but not yet. Now, a 1280x720 is doable... my monitor at home 
gets 1680x1080 and I can sorta game at native screen using a moderate 
graphics card, if I got a brand new 500$ one I prolly could... if I got an 
sli I definitely could. So thats the deal. ~Ben 

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 9:45 AM, Bill Horne <[hidden email]> wrote: 

> I got this submission to the Telecom Digest, and I'd like to know who's 
> used these on a Linux machine, or what other cards you've used. 
> I'm also curious about resolution: Bray says computer monitors are "not up 
> there with a true HDTV set", and I want to know why. 
> TIA. 
> Bill Horne 
> -------- Original Message -------- 
> Subject: Who needs an HDTV? 
> Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 01:52:08 -0400 (EDT) 
> From: Monty Solomon <[hidden email]> 
> Organization: The Telecom Digest 
> Newsgroups: comp.dcom.telecom 
> Who needs an HDTV? 
> By Hiawatha Bray  |  May 8, 2008 
> Given the feeble state of the economy, many of you are in no mood to 
> blow $1,000 or more on a high-definition TV set. But then, you 
> probably own one already. 
> It's called a computer monitor. The typical monitor can display HD 
> video of respectable quality - not up there with a true HDTV set, but 
> not bad. All you need now is a fairly robust personal computer, and a 
> digital TV tuner that plugs into a USB port and captures the video 
> signals. 
> We've been trying out a couple of these tuners - the $99 Hauppauge 
> WinTV-HVR-950Q from Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. and the $129 PCTV 
> HD Ultimate Stick from Pinnacle Systems, a division of Avid 
> Technology Inc. in Tewksbury. These are list prices, by the way; shop 
> around and you'll likely find them for less. 
> Each gadget comes with a simple antenna that'll capture both analog 
> and digital TV signals being broadcast over the airwaves. Both 
> devices are made for computers running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 
> operating system. But Hauppauge and Pinnacle offer similar tuners for 
> Apple Inc.'s Macintosh machines. 
> ... 
> -- 
> E. William Horne 
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